Does your "Temperament" influence how much you enjoy different timepieces?

Fun exercise anyone?  Pick your top 2 characteristics (if you lie it's only really you lying to yourself), do you see a correlation between your favorite watch(es) and your chosen traits?

Because it's Sunday, and this is more fun than my Linux homework, my mind naturally has wandered off to the deep recesses of my brain where the concepts of focus and usefulness have never been introduced.  This lead me down the path of mental heuristics I'm about to describe in this post, so buckle up! 

I am drawn towards simple watches.  I recently purchased the Tudor Ranger.

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(photo credit - monochrome-watches.com) 

I don't own a chronograph as I have never been drawn to them.  I have near a dozen watches ranging in price and quality from when I started collecting about 15 years ago, and none of them have a complication more....complicated.... than a date.  Well, maybe my JLC Reverso DuoFace could be considered a travel time watch, but still, per face, nothing more visually complicated than a simple three hander.  

My first "real" (to me) watch was a quartz Movado I bought while on vacation in the Virgin Islands in 2008.

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It doesn't get much more simple than this, not even any hour markers or a minute track.  And that is precisely why I loved/love it.  Simple is very calming for me, and as someone whose mind never turns off, I think I crave calm whenever and wherever I can get it.  That is always my desired state, but rarely my actual state :-)  

So I got to thinking, does personality type influence what we watch nerds crave in a timepiece? I know there are a lot of rubrics from which to evaluate one's self, and not all are created equally, but it's my post and my brain is fixated on the 4 temperaments, so here we go.  

If I had to pick two of what I believe to be my most dominant traits from the provided chart I think thoughtful/anxious (these tend to be a fluid state for me) and impulsive stand out the most.  Many people around me would agree.  Because that is my natural state, I think complications like a three subdial chronograph, skeletonized movements, overly ornate designs, or even numerals on a minute track, I find distracting, which reduces the enjoyment I feel when looking at and wearing timepieces like those.  

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely appreciate them and think they are marvels.  I mean, @HotWatchChick69's new GS is a great example of a time piece I find to be just gorgeous, and I watch Youtube reviews on pieces like that pretty often, but I don't know that I would ever purchase a piece so "involved".  I think if I bought something like that, I would admire the craftsmanship, but I doubt I'd wear it that often.  

What say you WatchCrunchers? 

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Me:

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I've done the MBTI and like 18 other personality test things, always for work!  Like, literally, one time, I got rejected from a cool role, because I guess I failed the personality diagnostic!  I also once lost out on an opportunity to mate with another human being, because I failed the "dog person / cat person" test!

Given all that, the only personality test I truly believe in with all my heart is Chuck Klosterman's "23 questions I ask everyone I meet to decide if I can really love them."  

https://eigenblogger.com/2017/09/17/23-questions-i-ask-everybody-i-meet-in-order-to-decide-if-i-can-really-love-them/

How you answer these questions predicts with 100% accuracy which watch you will love most.

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UnholiestJedi

Me:

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All of the emotions?  I see you.  

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HotWatchChick69

I've done the MBTI and like 18 other personality test things, always for work!  Like, literally, one time, I got rejected from a cool role, because I guess I failed the personality diagnostic!  I also once lost out on an opportunity to mate with another human being, because I failed the "dog person / cat person" test!

Given all that, the only personality test I truly believe in with all my heart is Chuck Klosterman's "23 questions I ask everyone I meet to decide if I can really love them."  

https://eigenblogger.com/2017/09/17/23-questions-i-ask-everybody-i-meet-in-order-to-decide-if-i-can-really-love-them/

How you answer these questions predicts with 100% accuracy which watch you will love most.

Very good, very good.  I shall read your article.  But.....stay with me here, did you read my post and will you be participating?  

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BigIona

All of the emotions?  I see you.  

Really all that means is I'm a basket case & all over the place, which is reflected in my collection & desired watches. 

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UnholiestJedi

Really all that means is I'm a basket case & all over the place, which is reflected in my collection & desired watches. 

Same.  I feel like I should have to do a self assessment to determine my mental state before making a purchase.  But then I wouldn't have any watches, so where is the fun in that.  

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go do your homework lazy bum! 
 

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Ichibunz

go do your homework lazy bum! 
 

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Can't say I expected to hear that comment in my 40s.  

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BigIona

Very good, very good.  I shall read your article.  But.....stay with me here, did you read my post and will you be participating?  

Impulsive and principled...  which would explain the fact that I went from 1 watch to like 30 in less than 12 months, and then that all got pared down to just GS...  on principle!  Ha!

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BigIona

Can't say I expected to hear that comment in my 40s.  

haha!! Brings you back huh! 🍻 ok ok…since you need a break lets play this crazy psycho analysis…

exhibitionist…i don’t think i need to explain…

playful…i don’t want to take life seriously …

i do like colorful and and playful dials…

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HotWatchChick69

Impulsive and principled...  which would explain the fact that I went from 1 watch to like 30 in less than 12 months, and then that all got pared down to just GS...  on principle!  Ha!

Twinsies!!

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Impulsive and hopeful - I am always the last holdout to accept bad news for what it is, but I am kind of glad to say that luckily I don’t see many reflections of these traits in my watch collection. I will say I “impulsively” bought my Orient Kamasu, but I spent a few days looking at videos and photos of the watch, so I guess impulsiveness is subjective. Lately, I have been practicing pretty good self control.  At least I made a good impulsive decision lol. 

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HoroMichigan

Impulsive and hopeful - I am always the last holdout to accept bad news for what it is, but I am kind of glad to say that luckily I don’t see many reflections of these traits in my watch collection. I will say I “impulsively” bought my Orient Kamasu, but I spent a few days looking at videos and photos of the watch, so I guess impulsiveness is subjective. Lately, I have been practicing pretty good self control.  At least I made a good impulsive decision lol. 

Impulsive is really subjective and definitely on a scale of sorts.  I;d like to say none of my watch purchases have been impulsive, but that would be a lie.  At least most of them have not been :-) 

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Definitely in the top right segment me and the watches, but I thought choleric was a nasty disease and the reason we don' trust the water and drink beer instead. 

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I’m definitely on the sanguine and phlegmatic side of the chart mostly. Being an introvert, I avoid flashy, blingy things in general. Other than that, I’m kind of all over the place in my watch interests. About the only thing that doesn’t interest me at all are the blank watches with almost nothing on the dial. I want complications and some visual interest to marvel at.